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One I really wanted in there was McDermott – I reckon he could be key around the rucks in the last 20.

McReight is awesome, I just found it strange having the reserve loose forward a specialist 7. But, I also don’t know squat, so I’ll just zip my lips and wait. Would love to see him get 15-20 though and tell Hoops to go berserk for 60.

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

The young buck and old (sort of) bull. Hope they go hammer and tongs at each other!

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

It sounds like Philip will go the 80 at lock and at some point LSL moves to 6 with Simmons coming on. Hooper never gets subbed though so wonder if we will see McReight at all.

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

Yep reserve 6/8 and Flyhalf are a bit shakey…

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

Definitely and the big plus for these 2 is they know each other very well so should be comfortable for their debuts.

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

We’ve gone from 100 test caps between our 10 and 12 to a combined total of 0 this weekend. Will be a big challenge for these guys but they’ve got form and combinations on their side! McReight on the bench is a bit of a head-scratcher for mine though. Really thought it would be Samu or Wright.

James O'Connor injury forces major Wallabies shake-up in team for Bledisloe 3

I thought we were past it when The Bus disappeared but now it’s like deja vu all over again.

The Quick Questions: Everything old is new again

Would love to see the Pumas get a win, even if it’s against my Wallabies. And if we do get a look at the younger guys in the wider squad, I’m looking forward to seeing McReight, McDermott, Lolesio, Hosea, Bell and Harrison. A core group that can cement their spots in the next 1-2 years.

The Quick Questions: Everything old is new again

Thanks for all that you’ve added to this site, Brett. The Roar is all the better for it. And not so much a goodbye but a drawn out see ya later. I also second the idea of a pseudonym (what the ABC doesn’t know, won’t hurt them!).

In regards to the NRC, I genuinely thought it was dead in the water. To hear both parties are interested in it gives me hope that we might see it continue next year. Not only for the platform it gives our players into Super Rugby but also the addition of the Drua who have been fantastic. Hopefully in the future, more PI teams can get a look in as well.

Welcome competition in the rugby broadcast rights race - and a farewell, for now…

I forgot to mention Simmons. I just don’t think he’s offered anything over the last 2 games. Would love to see Hosea get a run.

VOTE: Who should Dave Rennie in his Bledisloe 3 Wallabies team?

I don’t want to see too many changes but something tells me Rennie might wield the axe. If he makes 4 changes after a draw, I hate to think what will happen after a loss.

If I had it my way, I would swap AAA and Tupou, and bring Simone in for To’omua. There’s the temptation to have Samu on the bench as well. Only because when Wilson went off, Wright to 8 was not a great option. Samu allows us to cover 6, 7, 8 well.

VOTE: Who should Dave Rennie in his Bledisloe 3 Wallabies team?

Viva Los Pumas!!

Argentina, everybody’s new favorite team

Cheers Nic. I kept waiting for Gardner to ping the AB’s around the breakdown but it just never happened. And that’s the problem, maybe we were just waiting for the ref to do the same. You’ve got to read what’s being allowed and read it early. We quite often fail to do this, from both sides of the whistle. We’re either not pushing the boundaries or we’re not reeling it back in when the ref has made his stance clear.

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Sounds like me but the reverse! I remember a game where I was complaining constantly to the ref that he was being unfair and letting the other team get away with anything at the ruck/tackle. It wasn’t until our halfback (and captain) came up behind me and punched me in the back to say “Shut up! He’s letting us do the same!”

I was so one-eyed with what was happening to us that I didn’t even realise we were doing the exact same to them 😂

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

I understand Rennie is wanting to make the message clear that you either perform or you’re dropped but too much chopping and changing won’t help the Wallabies find continuity and confidence in things like defence.

His selection at hooker and blindside were good and have corrected the lineout. Adjust for To’omua if he is ruled out but otherwise give these guys another crack to redeem themselves with 2 more weeks together.

What changes are on the cards for Rennie's Wallabies in Bledisloe 3?

If To’omua can’t recover I reckon we’ll see the backline we saw in the second half with 12. Paisami and 13. Petaia. Simone to 22.

Huge loss if To’omua is out because he is that defensive rock in the midfield.

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

Yep unfortunately the positive defence from last week disappeared this week. Koroibete had a shocker with the hands. Plenty of pushed or panicked passes when taking it to ground was the smart move. They’ll learn from this.

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

I didn’t see that but I would say anywhere! Just so hard to chase them when they get in front first.

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

Just as night follows day, the AB’s will score straight after halftime. Absolute killer…

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

I don’t know what it is with Savea. He hits up normally then as soon as he reaches contact he has this epileptic fit and goes crazy! Impossible to take down. Mad man with and without the ball.

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

Line out was better. Hanigan justified his place. Defence was just not good enough. Too many missed tackles. Clarke and Cane were immense. Lost our way when To’omua and Wilson went off. Would help to have Samu on the bench to cover 6 and 8, no knock on Wright. Back to Aus now to square things up!

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

Give ’em hell Ned!

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Yeah I was getting a definite South Park vibe ’round here… https://giphy.com/gifs/southparkgifs-l0MYsse8JnCBjQMCs

Would prefer you guys stay though. Keeps things interesting!

Should South Africa participate in the Rugby Championship?

Bit late to your party but after today’s announcement thought I would comment here. Obviously, I’m disappointed from a personal perspective as I wanted to watch to Boks play this year. But, some of the comments on The Roar around SA rugby recently have been pretty hard to read.

All I can say is, I wish your guys all the best for whatever the future brings and only hope we get as many test matches as possible against you in the years to come.

Should South Africa participate in the Rugby Championship?

After, what, 5 years of Cheika? This is just so refreshing for me. I’m no longer cringing during the interviews with the Wallabies coach.

Wallabies coach responds to 'dirty tactics' calls from across the ditch